Regular price: $14.97

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

The number one best-selling crime series from the award-winning Stuart MacBride. In this third DS Logan McRae thriller, the Granite City's seedy side is about to be exposed....

A serial rapist is leaving a string of tortured women behind him, but while DS Logan McRae's girlfriend, PC Jackie 'Ball Breaker' Watson, is out acting as bait, he's trying to identify a blood-drenched body dumped outside Accident and Emergency.

Logan's investigations suggest someone in the local bondage community has developed a taste for violent death, and he soon finds himself dragged into the twilight world of pornographers, sex-shops and S&M.

Meanwhile, the prime suspect in the rape case turns out to be Aberdeen Football Club's star striker. Logan thinks they've got it horribly wrong, but Jackie is convinced the footballer's guilty and she's hell-bent on a conviction at any cost....

©2007 Stuart MacBride (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Compelling reading...a tribute to MacBride's storytelling skill." (Sunday Telegraph)
"Grim, gritty and great fun." (Daily Sport)
"Fierce, unflinching and shot through with the blackest of humour; this is crime fiction of the highest order." (Mark Billingham)

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.4 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    42
  • 4 Stars
    24
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 4.7 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    51
  • 4 Stars
    17
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.4 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    38
  • 4 Stars
    25
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    2
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • ashley
  • Mckinney, TX, United States
  • 08-04-17

Slight spoiler, info that is later in the book

Does mr. Macbride have children I wonder? I found the story of the 8 year old boy unbelievable and the way they treated that crime. I'm not sure Ivey ever even heard of that type of murder by a child that young. If so, it's handled very differently than I believe they handled it. Of course, I'm in the US... but still locking an 8 year old up until he is 30? I doubt that entire narrative. I hope in the future me. Macbride does more research on child crime. The way they manhandled him etc....sorry I didn't buy it. Not 8. I have a grandson 8 years old. I know what they are capable of. Certainly not this kind of crime.even IF he could we don't treat children like adult criminals...he was even a teen.
As anyone who has read mr macbride knows these are great books. Don't hesitate because of minor flaws. I just wanted to point that out because it bothered me. Otherwise great narration, fascinating story. Enjoy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Another great one.

Gruesome at times but a fabulous read. The characters are quite interesting and the black humor had me chuckling aloud. I enjoy this series and the narration is perfect. I'm only sorry the next book in the series isn't available at Audible for another few weeks. I have it pre-ordered.

Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • lismacarrol1903
  • 08-13-17

Simply Brilliant

I believe this is my favourite book so far. Logan and Detective Steele are great characters. Would definitely recommend this book. You won't put it down

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Mark
  • 09-07-17

Always a great read (listen)

Another great Logan McRae story from the brilliant mind of Stuart MacBride, well recommended to anyone

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Flint
  • 08-25-17

Still not as good as the first book

The narration was excellent and I enjoyed listening to the book, however I had some reservations about this book. The characters have become more extreme and less believable in each book. The main characters had a sense of gloom and desperation hanging over them throughout the book and a number of police officers lacked integrity and made reckless decisions which were out of character and not credible.

For the most part I thought the author tackled the BDSM aspect of the book in a fair and open minded way, but the conclusion of that aspect of the plot was very disappointing and was not well researched.

I intend to read the next book in the series, in the hope that it will be more believable and a bit more cheerful than this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • A. Bingham
  • 11-27-17

Exquisite!

Can't get enough of Stuart MacBride. Incredible characters, flawless stories and Steve Worsley's narrating just makes the whole thing perfect.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-10-17

loved it!

Perfectly narrated great story, made me laugh and grimace in equal amounts. D S Steel is a legend! Hooked on the series, my new favourite soap.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • CLIVE S G FENN
  • 11-04-17

maybe a tad long

The action seemed to drag slightly as obvious twists and turns unravel. The final twist I did not spot as I had started to lose interest in the major characters and the violence that seemed to come their way. I had a few rests from the story as I began to wonder if the behaviour was credible. But it is detective story so I got what I paid for.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • M. Gosney
  • 10-30-17

DCI 'Steels' the show!

Great storyline. The characters come to life brilliantly. Loving DCI Steel's one-liners and put-downs. She injects real humour into the gruesome backdrop.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • jamie
  • 12-01-17

Another Brilliant Book

Really happy I found this series. Really enjoy Detective books and this does not disappoint.

Great characters, excellent storylines and hilarious at times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
  • Eileen
  • 10-10-17

Strange title

Although I enjoyed this book, I feel that the swearing is superfluous and somewhat spoils the overall storyline.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Jeff White
  • 10-18-17

Great story

Wow what an epic. Logan, despite stuffing everything up still comes out on top in the end. he should retire now before he gets killed. can't wait till the next book.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Col Gorman
  • 09-12-17

Fantastic

I am really enjoying this series. The plot twisted and turned as with the other MacBride books in this series.

Great narration by Steve Worsley as in the other books as well.

Look forward to starting the next

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Lynette Newcombe
  • 09-07-17

Steele

I got increasingly irritated by Steele's "voice" and Inches eating lollies. Spoilt the book for me